Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 5, 2004 - 13:23
By way of Mr. Manley comes a quick update on this week's Modern Tales Family Newsletter: T Campbell, editor of the Modern Tales spinoff Graphic Smash and writer of Fans and Penny and Aggie is interviewed by Jason Thompson, who, when he's not toiling away at his boring dayjob (editing Shonen Jump, that is), creates "The Stiff" and "Yeperenye" for girlamatic).
There's also a mini-interview with serializer cartoonist Graham Annabelle.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 2, 2004 - 12:37
Seq Tart wrote up it's tongue in cheek awards this issue and here's the webcomic ones:
Best Webcomic About a Ten-Year-Old Hasidic Girl Who Picks a Fight with Her Argumentative Stepmother About the Ethics of Killing (Real) Dragons In Order to Get Out of Knitting Lessons/Next Best Thing Until a New Issue of Amy Unbounded Becomes Available: Barry Deutsch's Hereville, on Girlamatic (www.girlamatic.com).
Best Use of a) Canine Ghosts and b) the Princes in the Tower in a Webcomic About a Slightly Shady Middle-Aged British Magician and His Gun-Wielding American Expatriate Sidekick: Barb Lien and Ryan Howe's Gun Street Girl at Graphic Smash (www.graphicsmash.com).
Best Use of Hellboy as a Guest Star in a Webcomic About a Nonchalantly Slackerish Superhero: Dave (the Knave) White's The Japanese Beetle at Graphic Smash.
Best Webcomic About a Pragmatic But Tough Talking Wombat, the Semi-Ectoplasmic Shadowling Who Keeps Following Her Around, and the Various Warrior Clerics, Rat-Keeping Librarians, and Sentient Statues of Elephant-Headed Deities She Encounters When the Latest Tunnel She's Digging Accidentally Takes Her to a Very Foreign Country: Ursula Vernon's Digger at Graphic Smash.
New Student Least Likely to Fit In in Junior High: A toss-up between Emma (who regards other teenagers as aliens and communicates by ventriloquizing through her cow hand puppet) and her elementary school best friend Anna (who is dying to be a typical teenager, but finds herself announcing on the first day of school "These are my psycho [sentient] toys. They embarrassed me in front of the boy I like"), both of Adrian Ramos' The Wisdom of Moo webcomic (Girlamatic), and Jupiter, the twelve-year-old title character of Lynn Lau's Jupiter (also at Girlamatic), who has to run away from the circus her family works for in order to physically attend school at all.
Best "Paranormal Investigators in the 1920's" Webcomic About an Amiably Sleazy Boston Private Eye, a Stuffy Harvard Professor, and an Irrepressible Shopgirl (Among Others) Currently Investigating How One of Their Previous Adventures Seems to Have Wound Up Being Satirized in a Newspaper Comic Strip: Ted Slampyak's Jazz Age at www.jazzagecomics.com.
Submitted by Joey Manley on June 16, 2004 - 01:36
Joey Manley, publisher of Modern Tales, the leading subscription service for webcomics, announced today that it has launched the first-ever affiliate sales program (to his knowledge) in the field.
Conventional wisdom held, as late as 2001, that the only sustainable economic models for online comics were ad-based. Either the comic carried advertising in some fashion, or it was itself an advertisement for its own merchandise. "Pay-to-read" models were mostly based upon speculation and mostly spectacularly unsuccessful. Even Scott McCloud found his position as comics pundit threatened over his endorsement of "micropayments".
Tycho of Penny Arcade was one of several cartoonists who took McCloud to task for it: "This guy's take on human nature is spun from pure fancy. He imagines that other people â€“ in fact, that everyone-- would gladly pay for things if given the chance to do so. That is demonstrably, empirically false-- most especially so on the Internet, and most damningly so where content is concerned." They eventually mended fences, but the point of wisdom had been made.
However, Joey Manley was never much for listening to conventional wisdom.
It's one of the big no-nos of family entertainment.
In American entertainment, no one is ever just naked. They're having sex, or implying that they would like to be having sex, or in the shower while a homicidal killer sneaks up on them, or trying to catch the mischievous dog who's scampering away with their underwear. The revealing of the butt crack, the nipple, or the genitals serves a purpose, be it to titillate, to shock, to lampoon, or to get you to pull out your credit card. It's never just there.
Submitted by Willie_G on May 9, 2004 - 22:22
I think Ghastly is gonna cry because you didn't give him a Buck Cake cover this month.
Submitted by Adrian on April 26, 2004 - 10:11
Moo tells the story of Emm, a girl who tries to stop her best friend Anna from growing up. With the aid of the toy therapist known as Dr. Moo and Anna's neglected imaginary friends, Emm's going to save Anna from becoming a teenager--if she doesn't become one first.
Submitted by Joey Manley on April 16, 2004 - 11:00
For those who like to use RSS readers to keep up with your favorite webcomics: Modern Tales, Girlamatic, Graphic Smash and serializer.net all have daily RSS feeds. URL's:
Yup, another byproduct of my work on the WCN code.
Thanks to Bo Lindburgh for his help with this!
Here's a scenario: you're browsing the Internet, looking at various sites, when you unexpectedly come across some very familiar comics. You know all the characters. You can quote from the dialogue. You know exactly how the story ends, without even having to read it. And yes, it's even got your name in the credits. It is, in fact, your work, reproduced on someone else's site. They never even asked permission.
What do you do?
Submitted by Mudron on March 25, 2004 - 12:37